Vaccine passport I: An ethical conundrum

This event is hosted by the Oxford Maison Française, as part of their "Science in the Public Sphere" seminar series.

Join Reuben Fellow Katrien Devolder and Marie Gaille from the Institute for Social Sciences and Humanities, CNRS, for a discussion on the ethical debates raised by proposals for "vaccine passports".

Basic ethical considerations feature prominently in practically all deliberations and decisions regarding the use of vaccine passports, on the scientific, administrative, and political level. On the pragmatic level, vaccine passports offer an opportunity to open up sections of the economy that are in tatters, opening borders, reuniting families, and removing the pressure on the livelihoods of countless people. But their use can also appear incompatible with fundamental principles of equality and freedom. Is that indeed the case, or is this impression of incompatibility merely an effect of misguided interpretation of what those principles amount to? Or if indeed the use of vaccine passports is at odds with these fundamental principles properly understood, how much should they weigh against equally fundamental principles of security, safety, and happiness?


The event will be held online via Zoom. To find out more and register to attend, please visit the Maison Française website.